Meeting Agenda – June 15-16, 2021

Wenatchee Valley Local Meeting

Virtual Meeting Agenda – June 15-16, 2021


Public Notice 

The Commission reserves the right to take action on any item on the agenda, make adjustments to the order of the agenda items, and adjust the time of adjournment as needed.


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

TVW Live

Item 1: 1:00 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 1:05

Mayors’ Welcome

Presenters: Frank Kuntz, Mayor, City of Wenatchee
Jerrilea Crawford, Mayor
, City of East Wenatchee

Item 3: 1:10

Transportation 101

Presenters: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Carl See
, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Tamara Jones
, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission
Aaron Halbert
, Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

An overview will be provided on the fiscal and policy framework of the statewide transportation system.

Transportation 101  (pdf 1.7mb)

Item 4: 1:40

Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Overview

Presenter: Dave Bierschbach, Regional Administrator, North Central Region, Washington State Department of Transportation

An overview of WSDOT’s North Central Region, including planned and active projects and maintenance and preservation challenges in the Wenatchee Valley.

North Central Region  (pdf 2.7mb)

Item 5: 2:10

Chelan-Douglas Regional Transportation Issues: The Big Picture

Presenter: Jeff Wilkens, Executive Director, Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council

The only region of the state that lacks an Interstate Highway, transportation needs in the Chelan-Douglas region vary between the urban and rural areas. This discussion will focus on the challenges the region faces as well as the opportunities and successes that have been achieved.

CDTC Regional Overview  (pdf 2 mb)

Break: 2:40

Item 6: 2:50

Cities of Wenatchee Valley: Transportation Issues, Challenges, and Successes

Presenters: Frank Kuntz, Mayor, City of Wenatchee
Jerrilea Crawford
, Mayor, City of East Wenatchee

The Wenatchee Valley, in North Central Washington, is located at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers. The Valley is a united, prosperous, and thriving region, built on agricultural heritage and a history of innovation. The Commission will learn about Wenatchee and East Wenatchee’s transportation investments and key needs to support the growing regional economy.

Item 7: 3:20

“Complete Streets” & Equity

Presenters: Brooklyn Holton, Neighborhood and Communities Services Coordinator, City of Wenatchee
Riley Shewak
, Senior Transportation Planner, Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council

Creating access to opportunity and improving mobility for all begins with “Complete Streets.” As a transportation, health, economic and community priority, “Complete Streets” demonstrates how an intentionally connected multimodal network can be a tool for removing transportation barriers. From a regionally focused recommendation to a locally implemented policy, this presentation will shed light on how equity is being addressed in the Wenatchee Valley through “Complete Streets.”

Addressing Equity Through Complete Streets  (pdf 317kb)

Item 8: 3:50

Transportation and Economic Vitality

Presenters: Kevin Overbay, Commissioner, Chelan County
Blake Baldwin, Director of Economic Development, Chelan County
Trent Moyers
, Director of Airports, Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority
Alyce Brown, Executive Director, North Central Economic Development District

Economic vitality relies on a strong transportation network. Discussions will focus on how air, highway, and rail networks impact economic development and tourism in North Central Washington.

Chelan County Transportation  (pdf 1.9mb)
Wenatchee Valley Transportation  (pdf 521kb)

Recess: 5:00


Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – Reconvene Day 2

TVW Live

Item 9: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Jerry Litt, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 10: 9:05

Alternative Fuels in the Wenatchee Valley

Presenters: Gary Ivory, General Manager, Douglas County Public Utility District
Doug Pauly
, President, Northern Fruit

To meet climate change goals, reduce emissions, and improve performance, many are looking to alternative fuels, other than fossil fuel. This presentation will provide an overview of the Douglas County Public Utility District’s renewable hydrogen production facility pilot project and a local business will highlight their efforts to electrify their truck fleet.

Alternative Fuels Douglas County PUD  (pdf 835 kb)
Northern Fruit – Fleet Electrification Considerations  (pdf 129kb)

Item 11: 9:40

Public Transit Issues, Challenges, and Successes

Presenter: Richard DeRock, General Manager, Link Transit

Founded in 1989, Link Transit provides transit services in Chelan County, providing connectivity between rural and urban communities. The Commission will receive updates on Link Transit’s voter approved expansion, efforts to electrify their fleet, and ongoing safety enhancement efforts related to COVID-19.

Link Transit  (pdf 903kb)

Item 12: 10:20

Apple Capital Loop Project

Presenters: Laura Merrill, Executive Services Manager, City of Wenatchee
Richard DeRock
, General Manager, Link Transit
Jeff Wilkens
, Executive Director, Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council

The Apple Capital Loop is a critical lifeline for the Wenatchee Valley. The 11-mile loop carries more than 130,000 vehicles per day. Freight, businesses, commuters, transit, emergency services, residents and visitors must travel on it. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, its status, and next steps.

Apple Capital Loop  (pdf 859kb)

Item 13: 10:50

Transportation and Human Services

Presenter: Richard DeRock, General Manager, Link Transit

This presentation will provide an overview of local efforts that have taken place to reduce costs and increase access to special needs transportation services in the Wenatchee Valley.

Public Transit Human Services Transportation  (pdf 168kb)

Item 14: 11:05

Commission Business

– Reflections and Recommendations
– May Meeting Summaries

Adjourn: 12:00 p.m.


Next Meeting:

July 20 & 21, 2021
Olympia, WA



Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by contacting the Commission Office at (360) 705-7070 or Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the event sponsor through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

Title VI Notice to Public

It is the Washington State Transportation Commission’s (WSTC) policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its programs and activities. Any person who believes his/her Title VI protection has been violated, may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OEO’s Title VI Coordinator 360-705-7090.